The benefits of cloud computing solutions are by now well-known. The cloud enables organizations to expand or contract their IT infrastructure simply and quickly; it helps to reduce costs and offers unprecedented flexibility.
According to a CRN report, however, recent events have highlighted the risks associated with the cloud. In recent months, two well-known cloud computing service providers have become the subject of data security-related controversy.
First, cloud computing giant Amazon temporarily lost control of its web services in a glitch that brought down several popular websites. The outage led many to question cloud computing security.
Not long after, cloud storage company Dropbox changed the terms of its service so it could provide customer data to law enforcement bodies upon request.
According to the report, these incidents demonstrate the importance of cloud computing security, making it clear "to those who haven't planned properly that security, privacy and availability are critical considerations in the cloud and that help may be needed in achieving a solution."
Mike Rothman, analyst for a security research company, told CRN that cloud computing security solution providers can play a central role in helping clients understand how migration to the cloud can change existing systems and applications. "It's not about selling products now as much as it is educating and building the right solutions," he said.
According to the report, enterprises need to learn how to manage cloud computing security in a responsible way. This is particularly important for regulated industries in which control over security configurations is required.
The importance of cloud computing security is not lost on cloud vendors. According to a recent National Business Review report, many cloud computing service providers offer security measures superior to those that enterprises are capable of operating independently.